Tuesday, February 2nd 2016
We decided, on the way home tonight, to break our journey in Shoreditch to see what new street art had appeared since our last visit. We had spotted a few new paintings from the bus on previous evenings.
An individual work of street art has a limited life. How long or short a time it will survive is difficult to forecast. It is also difficult to discern any laws or traditions that determine when a painting can be obliterated by a new work. Some survive for years, others a few days at best. Artists are aware of this and transience is therefore a quality of all street art.
While I believe that we should start our viewing of a work of art as objectively as possible and not reject it out of hand because, say, we don’t like the subject or have hostile feelings for the artist, I also believe that we are perfectly entitled to say that we like or dislike a work, purely on personal grounds. When out ‘collecting’ street art, therefore, I photograph only what appeals to me or perhaps what intrigues or puzzles me. I reserve the right to pass over any work that I do not like. What follows, therefore, is a selection of the works we saw, those that called to me to be photographed, so to speak.
I will simply post the pictures without this time trying to identify the artists. Some works are signed and some are not. While I always like to know who made a particular work, I think that if a work is unsigned, then the artist cannot complain at not being acknowledged.
Some of the paintings are very large so please click on any you like in order to see a bigger version.
These were a few of works on display today. There were others and the art trail spreads like the tentacles of an octopus along thoroughfares and down backstreets and alleys. The scene shifts and changes,never the same from one day to the next.